Sophie Lemiere

TV Show

Let's Talk: The Malaysian Story

First Broadcast on Astro Awani, 8 July

How has the Malaysian story evolved from semi-authoritarian to emerging democracy? What are the emerging dynamics from the new Malaysia politics should the stake-holders be mindful of? How will the Pakatan Harapan coalition negotiate the emergent UMNO-PAS pact's offering of an ethno-nationalist vision on steroids? In this TV Show Series, Sophie is bringing us the short view of Malaysian story and taking a deeper look into the new Malaysia alignments, together with the risk of restoration.

Article

Truce and Tales in New Malaysia: Happy First Anniversary

The ASAN Forum, Vol 7 (4), June 2019

The expression “New Malaysia” or Malaysia Baharu emerged in 2016 as a semantic capsule for the democratic aspirations of the movement for electoral reform Bersih (“clean” in Malay), whose rally in November of that year brought more than 100,000 people to the streets of Kuala Lumpur. On May 9, 2018 the opposition coalition, Pact of Hope (Pakatan Harapan or PH), led by Mahathir Mohammad, won the general elections, slaying 61 years of single party rule. Malaysia Baharu was born; and with it, the hopes of democratization.

New Release

Minorities Matter: Malaysian Politics and People Volume III

Published by Gerakbudaya-SIRD (Malaysia) and ISEAS (Singapore)

Reflecting on the changes, and continuities, that Malaysia has witnessed since the electoral outcome of GE14, Minorities Matter brings together a group of local and international scholars to look at contemporary Malaysian politics and society through the lens of those who are often left out of the national narrative, minorities, to understand the ways in whichh minority groups, from women to East Malaysian, the Orang Asli, refugees and more, have contributed towards, and been affected by, political change in Malaysia.

Latest Book Chapter

Malaysia: Gangster Boogie, Bosses And Politics

In "Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics", 2019

Published by Edward Elgar Publishing

This chapter focuses specifically on the relationship between the organisation PEKIDA and its satellites, and the former ruling party UMNO (1957-2018). It explains the phenomenon in the context of the Prime Ministers Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak governements' era, from 2008 to 2016. This analysis is based on extensive field research and interviews; it deliberately gives a greater place to ethnography and analytical descriptions in order to give a clear perspective to a wider audience.